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November 6th, 2013 - Winterizing Plants and Thanksgiving Table Decor

Winterizing Your Sensitive Plants

Baby it's getting cold outside, so you know what that means? It is time to bring your tropical plants and cold-sensitive plants indoors for the winter if you want to see them next year. Such plants as geraniums and any tropical delights need to be first sprayed with an all-purpose insecticide and then apply a granular systemic insecticide and water well outdoors. Let drain and dry and then bring indoors or in your garage. Make sure you give them plenty of bright indirect light and keep away from a heat vent.

To winterize your geraniums in order to save them for next year all you have to do is the following:

Clean off soil. Carefully dig up the plant before the first frost. Shake off the soil so that the plant is bareroot.

Store the plant. Roll the plant up in newspaper, or place in a paper bag. Some gardeners simply hang the plants upside down. Regardless, store in a dark, dry, cool place. A basement is perfect. Two or three times during winter, soak the plant in water for 1-2 hours, remove any dead stems or leaves, then return to storage after it has dried.

Replant in Spring. When weather begins to warm, pot the plant up in fresh soil, keep it well-watered, and watch it grow!

Thanksgiving Entertaining

Thanksgiving Centerpiece:

Thanksgiving is a special time of year for offering thanks, so let's do just that with a unique centerpiece! You will need: six clear glass vases, some twigs, styrofoam, and card stock which will be utilized to spell out "THANKS." Cut squares of styrofoam and hot glue the square to the inside of a clear glass vase. (Repeat each step six times.) Gather twigs and paint them using acrylic paint; we painted them orange. Insert the painted branch into the styrofoam base. Cover styrofoam with moss. Next, cut six large circles of one color from card stock (or find them precut), and six smaller circles of another color. Glue the smaller circle on top of the larger circle. Using a marker, write "T" on the smaller circle. Repeat this step spelling out "THANKS." Hole punch at the top of the larger circle and tie a loop with twine. Hang each letter on a different branch spelling out the word. Be sure to spell out "THANKS" on the back side of each circle as well so that both sides of the table can enjoy the centerpiece!


- 6 clear glass vases (dollar store)
- Twigs
- Acrylic paint/ paintbrush
- styrofoam blocks
- Hot glue gun/ hot glue
- Card stock (2 different colors)
- Twine
- Moss

Thanksgiving Pumpkin/Apple Place Cards:

Create a festive and unique fall pumpkin or apple place card for your Thanksgiving meal using styrofoam balls, silk flowers, and twigs! Hot glue either orange or red small silk flowers onto a small styrofoam ball until the ball is completely covered with flowers. Once covered, insert a small twig to create a "stem." Using card stock, write each guest's name and hot glue the name onto the twig. You now have a fun addition to your Thanksgiving table!


- Styrofoam balls
- Orange or red small silk flowers
- Small twigs
- Hot glue gun/ hot glue
- Card stock/ marker


Thanksgiving Table Runner:

Here's a fast yet fun way of creating a table runner using craft paper and ribbon! Simply unroll craft paper to fit the size of your table. Hot glue any color ribbon onto the craft paper for a fun and elegant pop of color to the table. We chose orange ribbon and created a large "X." For an extra fun touch to the table, write directly onto the craft paper the names of the dishes that have been prepared for the Thanksgiving meal. This table runner makes for easy clean-up as well!


- Craft paper
- Ribbon
- Hot glue gun/ hot glue

October 30th, 2013 - Winter Flowers and Thanksgiving Decorations - watch now

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March 27th, 2013 - Garden Accessories - watch now

March 20th, 2013 - Basic Winter Chores - watch now

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March 6th, 2013 - Easter Decorating - watch now

February 27th, 2013 - Easy Indoor Plants - watch now

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February 13th, 2013 - Valentine's Tips and PANIC ATTACK! watch now

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January 23rd, 2013 - Growing from Seeds - watch now

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December 12th, 2012 - Easy Gift Ideas - watch the video

December 5th, 2012 - Chris hosts a look at Holiday Tour of Homes - check it out

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October 10th, 2012 - Hardy Evergreens and Winter Containers - watch now

October 3rd, 2012 - The Perfect Pumpkin and Miniature Gardens - watch now

September 26th, 2012 - Pumpkin Terrariums and Haunting Potion Bottles - watch now

September 19th, 2012 - Spooky Pumpkins with Chris Olsen - watch now

September 12th, 2012 - Autumn Brunch and Potted Pumpkins - watch now

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August 29th, 2012 - Stepping Stones and Pickled Squash - watch now

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June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

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May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

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April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

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